Event: Panel discussion 'Investor-State Dispute Settlement: The TTIP’s Achilles’ heel’

30 Nov -1

On the 9th of December, Marietje Schaake will outline her pespective on the ISDS clause in a panel discussing the inclusion of this arbitration mechanism in TTIP. Other speakers in the panel include James Zhan, Director and Enterprise Unit, UNCTAD, Owen Tudor Head of European Union and International Relations Department, Trades Union Congres, Jan Kleinheisterkamp, Associate Professor of Law at the London School of Economics and Luisa Santos, Director of International Relations, BusinessEurope. The event is part of a joint conference organised by the European Consumer Organisation, AK EUROPA, the Brussels Office of the Austrian Federal Chamber of Labour and Friends of the Earth Europe. 8.30-09.00 – Registration 09.00-10.00 I. TTIP: “the biggest free-trade deal in history” - Ignacio Garcia Bercero, Director DG TRADE, EC (C) - Magda Stoczkiewicz, Director, Friends of the Earth Europe (C) - Monique Goyens, Director General, The European Consumer Organisation (C) - Valentin Wedl, Head of Office EU and International Affairs, AK EUROPA 10.00-12.30 II. ISDS: context, features and problems 10.00-10.15 Keynote speech: Xavier Carim, South Africa Department of Trade and Industry 10.15-11.00Presentations - ‘Setting the scene’: James Zhan, Director and Enterprise Unit, UNCTAD - ‘A fundamentally flawed system’: Owen Tudor, Head of European Union and International Relations Department, Trades Union Congres - ‘The EC proposal does not solve the problems’: Jan Kleinheisterkamp, Associate Professor of Law at London School of Economics 11.00-11.20 Coffee break 11.20- 12.30: Panel discussion + Q&A - Panellists: Speakers as above and Marietje Schaake, MEP, INTA coordinator, Luisa Santos, Director of International Relations, BusinessEurope 12.30-13.30 – Lunch 13.30-15.00 III. Investor protection without ISDS 13.30-14.00 Presentations - ‘Investment protection and development strategies: International trade and investment beyond ISDS’: Jonathan Bonnitcha, London School of Economics - ‘Existing alternatives to secure investment for companies operating abroad’: Lauge Poulsen Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Oxford 14.00- 15.00: Panel discussion + Q&A - Panellists: Speakers as above and Leopoldo Rubinacci, Head of Unit, DG Trade, Felix Neugart, Head of Foreign Trade Policy and Law, Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag (C)= Confirmed 15.00-15.20 Coffee break 15.20-16.30 IV: Closing high level panel - Anthony Gardner-Luzzatto, US Ambassador to the EU (C) - Bernd Lange, Chair, INTA (C) - Brigitte Zypries, German Parliamentary State Secr. at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs & Energy - Rupert Schlegelmilch, Director, DG TRADE - Robert Weissman, President, Public Citizen 16.30-17:30 - Networking cocktail